JESUS PAID A HEFTY PRICE FOR US TO FREELY RECEIVE

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JESUS PAID A HEFTY PRICE FOR US TO FREELY RECEIVE

A friend once said, “Being nice to someone is like giving them a free gift. In time, they will no longer appreciate the act or the sacrifice, because no one values gifts that are free.” Cynical, though that may be, but think about it; how many ‘free gifts’ do we still have in our possession? How many of the things that are around us, that we use, that we own, were things we got for free? Now, do not include those gifts that came from the result of a purchase; that toothbrush or bowl that came with the tube of toothpaste, or that free umbrella that you got as a result of spending $50 at a store. Or even that bottle of wine that you got for Christmas from the friend. No, those are rewards for your efforts. Even that bottle of wine could be on account of a favor rendered or possibly anticipated. No, think about the last time you received something truly free of cost; a pen from a fair, corporate memorabilia perhaps, is it still with you? Do you treasure it?

When Jesus suffered all these, who do you think He was suffering for?

“Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.” Luke 22:63-65

“Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.” Luke 23:11

“So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.” John 19:1-3

“Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”
Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”” John 19:5-6

“And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.” John 19:17

“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”” Luke 23:39

Not much blood and guts here unfortunately. This is a G rated site, God rated that is, but if you are keen to find out more about the gory details of the crucifixion process, feel free to Google it. Nonetheless, surely the impact is not lost on you.

Yet, despite knowing that the time had come for Him to suffer all this physical, emotional and psychological pain, He still said this to the Father on our behalf.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20-26

And as He was hanging on that cross, beaten, bruised and battered, He still said,

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

Yes, it was the will of our Father that Jesus should bear it all for us. For it is written,

“Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” Isaiah 53:10 [AMPC]

Our Father and Jesus have made Jesus’ life an offering for sin on that cross. Jesus has also risen from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of our Father. Therefore, we who believe, are those whom He sees as His spiritual offspring, just as it is written,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

And when this happens, the prophet Isaiah said, the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Beloved, for us who believe, our salvation IS the will of the Lord, and Jesus IS the pleasure of the Lord (Proverbs 8:30), so our Father’s will that we who believe in Jesus shall be saved and none lost, shall prosper despite what the world may say.

“For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me.
And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I should not lose any of all that He has given Me, but that I should give new life and raise [them all] up at the last day.
For this is My Father’s will and His purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” John 6:38-40 [AMPC]

And all we are called to do is to believe in Jesus for believing is the work of the Lord.

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

And for all the wonder, beauty and majesty that His gift is, our Father gives the gift of salvation freely to all who would believe.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

It is no wonder then that Christians can call His gift of Grace, cheap; because it is free for them.

But beloved, there was nothing cheap about His grace. There was nothing cheap about the price Jesus had to pay. There was nothing cheap about our Father sending His Son, His only Son, the Son whom He loved, to die for us on the cross; and to turn His back on Him when Jesus bore the sins of the world for that moment, to which Jesus cried out,

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

Beloved, there is nothing cheap about that.

Try asking your son to break his piggy bank and use the coins he has saved up so long and hard to pay for the traffic fine that the colleague who just called you a liar got. Can you do it? It is just money; an amount that you yourself could easily make up many times over. But that suddenly is not cheap now, is it? So is Jesus’ suffering worth less than a traffic fine?

No beloved, stop measuring the worth of your salvation by how much effort you need to put into it, and start looking at how much our Father and Jesus had to pay for it. Then you will realize just how much our Father and Jesus love you.

Indeed, of the grace that Jesus came to bring, the apostle Paul described well.

“We preach Christ (the Messiah) crucified, [preaching which] to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block [that springs a snare or trap], and to the Gentiles it is absurd and utterly unphilosophical nonsense.” 1 Corinthians 1:23 [AMPC]

“But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].” 1 Corinthians 1:30 [AMPC]

Beloved,

“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:11

Do not be misled into thinking that our Father’s gift of eternal life is cheap. Yes, it is freely given. But Jesus paid a hefty price so that we can freely receive it. Jesus said,

“I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).” John 6:35 [AMPC]

Let us take Him up on His offer and let not the world take it away from us for Jesus has assured us,

“All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].” John 6:37 [AMPC]

Receive the salvation that Jesus has made freely available to you, that and all the blessings, protection, favor and provision that comes with it. For when you do this, you honor Jesus and the price He paid for you to be able to freely receive.

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